Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Familistère Dwellings Montreuil in France by archi5
October 29th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: archi5
archi5 was founded in 2003, the fruit of its founders’ common agency experience and the approach they share to architecture.
A context-based approach to projects is key: the site, the programme, the social and cultural challenges are all examined, nalyzed and compared. These data are then transformed into questions.
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We propose an interpretation of a form of architecture that is sensitive to the challenges it deals with, mindful of those who will live with and in it, ambitious in its convictions.
The Familistère is an auto-development dwellings project for and from archi5 partners. The plot is just next to the architecture studio. The whole project took two years from funding, conception, design and construction.
An heterogeneous context
Around the site, like often in the city of Montreuil, the existing is extremely various. Houses with pretty garden, a schoo, a church, seven stories social housings are co-existing in a friendly anarchy. Since the plot is very close to the metro, the urbanistic rules allow 7 stories to be built. the idea of a homogeneous building made evidence with a stainless steel cladding covering both façade and roof. This volume adds its signature to the environment.
A stealth building
The right answer to this context was to design a light building, with reduced visual impact. The abstract façade reflects its environment. The windows with their dark grey frames are animating this façade. The stainless steel reflections is slightly blurred by light waves on the façade.
A building following the weather
It takes sky’s tint, following seasons as trees around. This envelop gives to the building many changing identities. It’s a dynamic façade, giving back sunlight to surroundings buildings during the day and reflecting street lights at night.